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Wessex Cancer Trust has published its latest impact report to show how its services supported people living with cancer throughout Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight during 2017.

In total, the charity raised £800,532, with 60% comprising community fundraising, events and legacies. £320,000 came from trusts and grants, support from businesses and the charity’s shops.

Volunteers gave a whopping 48,000 hours of their time befriending and helping in Wessex Cancer Trust’s 6 support centres, fundraising and providing retail support – the equivalent of over 130 hours a day.

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The charity spent 78% of the total raised on cancer support services, 10% on information and awareness, 6% on patient transport and 6% on outreach support.

Highlights for the year included:

• Giving 20,000 passenger journeys to help people living with cancer on the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands travel to essential medical appointments on the mainland
• Supporting 11,000 clients, which is just under half of everyone diagnosed with cancer in the Wessex area
• Providing over 2,000 hours of counselling and 3,000 hours of complementary therapies like reiki, aromatherapy and meditation to help people manage the emotional and physical effects of cancer and improve wellbeing
• Running 32 different support groups, including coffee mornings, book clubs, crafting and walking
• Welcoming over 100 members to its 3 Sing for Life groups

Cait Allen, Wessex Cancer Trust’s Chief Executive, said:

“By providing services in our local communities we can ensure that anyone affected by cancer has somewhere to go at a time they most need support. These services make a huge difference to people’s lives, and we couldn’t do it without the hard work and dedication of our supporters, fundraisers and volunteers.”

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To find out more, visit www.wessexcancer.org.uk.

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